Norwegian software developer Andreas Eriksen presented his PotatoP laptop project at the Hackaday Low-Power Challenge.
Norwegian Software Developer Andreas Eriksen Presents His PotatoP Laptop at the Hackaday Low-Power Challenge
Andreas Eriksen, a software developer from Norway, has unveiled his latest project called “PotatoP” during the Hackaday Low-Power Challenge. The laptop was created from scratch and runs on a microcontroller with ported firmware.
The Inspiration Behind PotatoP
Eriksen’s inspiration for creating PotatoP came after he realized that most laptops available in the market were power-hungry devices that required high amounts of energy to function. He wanted to create something different – a low-power laptop that could be used without plugging it into an electrical socket.
The Features of PotatoP Laptop
Potato P is designed as an ultra-low-power device with impressive features such as:
- A 128×64 monochrome OLED display screen,
- A QWERTY keyboard made entirely out of Cherry MX Red mechanical switches,
- An STM32L4+ microcontroller running at 120 MHz providing enough processing power for basic computing needs like web browsing, word processing etc.,
- Battery life up to two weeks on standby or four hours continuous use which can be extended by using external battery banks or solar panels etc.,
The Challenges Faced During Development Process
Eriksen faced many challenges when developing this revolutionary product including but not limited to finding appropriate parts and components, designing circuits/layouts/PCBs (printed circuit boards), debugging code/hardware issues along with optimizing performance while minimizing power usage among others.
This incredible project proves what dedication and creativity can achieve even when working alone. It shows how technology advancements have democratized access thereby enabling anyone anywhere irrespective of their geographic location access global markets through platforms like crowdfunding sites Kickstarter / Indiegogo where they can showcase their products directly targeting customers who benefit immensely by getting quality goods at reasonable prices!.